Best Tablets under RM 1,000

Are you in need of a new tablet to start reading comics and e-books with? Or do you have the intention to replace that dusty iPad 1 sitting in your closet? Is the extent of your wallet a huge factor? Then we here at MyGadgets may be able to help you by sorting the top three best tablets available in the market now at under RM1,000.



 Oppo Pad Air 12 Inch Android 12.0

Oppo has a strange combination of powerful resources and budget price. Oppo pad air is designed to be slim, sleek and seriously fun. Oppo Pad Air is 440g while it is powered by a Snapdragon 680 8-core 6nm processor.  Right now , Oppo Malaysia is giving steep discount for this unit at Oppo Malaysia official shop in Shopee. At the price of RM459 and 5 years warranty, what else can you ask for ?



Xiaomi Redmi Pad 10.1 (3+64GB /4 +128GB / 6+128 GB)

Kind of looks a lot like the iPad as well, but for good reasons.

It comes to no surprise to us all that Xiaomi’s very own tablet line would fit into our budget article, as this Chinese tech giant is famous for delivering extremely good stuff at extremely low prices The Xiaomi RedmiPad is a popular tablet choice for budget-tight buyers and also those without financial issues. This owes to the fact that while the price may be low, its performance is definitely not that of the lower class. Wielding the Mediatek Helio G99, this tablet packs quite a punch in delivering smooth performance on more than just average daily tasks. With the Mi UI, it has made the MiPad look awfully similar to the previous versions of iOS interface on the iPads and for the better reasons too. The author has used plenty of tablets in the past and believes that iPad’s interface will always be more convenient than Android’s clunky and sometimes bloated tablet interface, and this is him saying as an Android fan.

Though only available in 16GB white version based on Xiaomi Malaysia’s website, there are cases sold on the internet which allows you to customize the back of the tablet and more importantly there is the option for expandable storage. That’s right, the MiPad although sporting only 16GB of internal storage, it may be expanded by up to 128GB via SD card (sold separately). Hence size of the storage shouldn’t be an issue with this (in contrast with any iPads which provide no expandable storage and upgrades of higher capacity are just insanely overpriced).

Perks aside, as with other Xiaomi product lines, its software is plagued with remnant Chinese language writings, though lesser than before, if you have problems understanding or reading the Chinese letters, you might be in for some awkwardness. One way to escape it though, would be to flash it to CyanogenMod 11, if you know what you’re doing.


Lenovo Xiaoxin Pad Tab M10

Lenovo Xiaoxin Pad is definately packed with a lot of goodies. This tablet ships with an Android 12 with 6+128GB RAM. At the heart of Lenovo Xiaoxin is a Snapdragon SDM680*4 (4 xA73,2.4GHz)  processor. It also runs only 7700 mAh battery making usage lasting. Lenovo Xiaoxin’s can go pretty steep which makes this a great choice for budget laptop.



Asus Memopad 7 (ME572CL) – Just under RM1,000

asus memopad 7

Feels like holding on a solid trendy girl’s purse!

                Being a popular brand in the technology industry in general, ASUS has been steadily releasing new tablets over the years (and massively improving them too compared to their first few tablet launches which were really just too overpriced and blown away by iPad 1, 2 and 3’s performance. The story is to some extent different today as Asus has finally gotten a somewhat good grip on the tablet industry and have been improving both on their hardware and software departments (and also trying to look more “in trend” than before).

How does it handle? Well, quite okay. However for the price you’re paying (which comes close to the 1k mark) it’s not really that awesome of a bargain. To add, the tablet’s build quality passes off as somewhat.. cheap. Its plastic-ish build really makes it feel that you have gotten yourself something that isn’t worth the amount of cash you’re throwing at it. It also comes bloated with a lot of pre-installed apps which most have not been utilizing due to them being rather unnecessary, I’m sure you get what we mean by that.

Moving on to the brighter side of things with this tablet, the screen is quite pretty and pleasant to the eyes. It sports a 7” 1920×1200 resolution IPS display which is plenty sharp for a screen that size. Its battery life is rather good too as it is equipped with 3950mAh battery, similar to the Nexus 7. Its speaker quality is also pretty good as well as compared to your conventional iPad’s speakers, this comes in stereo and is pretty crisp in quality, which is a plus! Shame it wasn’t in the front though, would’ve made the experience a lot better.

You may also consider the Asus Memopad 8 which is also within the same price range but with a different design.



Apple iPad Mini 4 16GB WiFi only  

 I have been saving the best for the last. This is definitely a no brainer. Apple’s iPad Mini 2, though being one generation behind its current model the iPad Mini 3– is in the writer’s opinion the best you can get for the tight budget you’re having. There is nothing you can go wrong with by having the iPad Mini 2 (though there is if you have a problem being stuck with the 16GB storage option). Its build quality, screen quality, internals, everything is just really good for the amount of ringgit you’re spending. One major improvement of this model compared to its predecessor is the retina display and do not be fooled, ladies and gents as the retina display is not just a sales gimmick, it really IS beautiful. Reading, browsing or any other activities with it is just pleasant to the eyes compared to its predecessor tablets that did not have retina display (iPad 2, iPad, iPad Mini 1).

Battery life usually lasts you around three days of on and off usage before needing another full charge, which is really packing a strong punch. Its high performance A7 64-bit chip allows users to figuratively fly through apps with ease. Though not being the latest in line of the Mini product line, it does not have much difference with the newer iPad Mini 3. Design wise especially, they’re identical. Even performance wise there is very tiny improvements from the Mini 2. Forbes even went ahead to declare the iPad Mini 3 “a disappointment” as it had failed to bring major improvements. Well, there really aren’t many things that can be improved from the iPad Mini 2, probably due to the lack of further innovation, Apple had decided to keep it similar. Hence, this helps in reinforcing the earlier remark on this being a no brainer. Be careful, though. You’ll almost definitely need a reliable case to go with this tablet, as with all iPads their screens are easily prone to shattering.